Individual Rights and Freedoms
It’s crazy to think that 13 colonies would soon become an entire independent country united with the same belief. The colonists came from Britain to America in hopes to pursue a better life with more freedom. They were tired of the monarchy government and how it seemingly dictated their life. The people were tired of King George robbing them of their say in how their lives should be ran! They were tired of him not taking into consideration how they wanted to be governed. Many felt as though their rights were not being kept and they wanted to put an end to it. So that’s why they began the long journey of creating a new country. It started out as them leaving Britain, but not all ties had yet been cut. The new world needed support to begin. However, as the years went by, more of the citizens’ rights were being overlooked. King George cutoff trade with all other parts of the world which caused a tremendous uproar. The government the colonists were living under wasn’t doing its job. The new system they created, after they had declared independence from Britain, guaranteed the people certain rights and freedoms. It became the job of the United States’ government to protect these civil liberties. So many of the concepts we follow to this day were almost not added to our governing system. The Bill of Rights was an idea brought up by George Mason from Virginia. He believed the Constitution did not clearly enough spell out the rights of America’s people. Many of the states agreed with him, mainly the smaller ones. They wanted to have a feeling of protection since they feared the bigger states were going to have more power. So the first ten amendments were added. Among these included the freedom of speech. Imagine living in a world where you could not say what you wanted to. Everything that came out of your mouth was filtered by the government and how they believed the world should be. The people wanted to be...
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